Gillibrand Coming to Sean’s Run
April 17, 2007 - Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand
is scheduled to be at Chatham High School on Sunday, April 29th
to cheer on hundreds of runners, joggers and walkers as they traverse
the streets of the Village of Chatham during the 6th Annual Sean’s
This community event, presented by First Niagara Bank,
is conducted on the last Sunday of April each year in memory of
Sean French, a standout Chatham High School runner and honor roll
student. Sean’s Run serves as a prom season reminder about
the dangers of underage drinking and impaired driving.
Funds raised through sponsorships and entry fees are
given as grants to schools and youth serving organizations across
region to support year-round programs to combat teenagers’
drinking and their lax use of seatbelts. A total of nine organizations
will be awarded grants this year. Proceeds from the inaugural Sean’s
Run endowed a scholarship fund which has benefited 38 college-bound
seniors in the past 4 years.
A one mile youth race and community walk, SeansMile,
goes off at 12:30 PM and a 5K starts at 1:00 PM. The first 800 individuals
to register are guaranteed to receive long-sleeve souvenir t-shirts
and packets with other giveaways. Additional premiums will be given
to the first 200 registrants who pick up their packets the day before
the event, Saturday April 28th, from 2 PM to 4 PM at the Chatham
High School gymnasium. Following the walk/run, all entrants will
be treated to a spread of nutritious refreshment. To register and
to learn more information about the event, go to www.SeansRun.com.
In five years, Sean’s Run has become much more
than a well-organized community running/walking event. It now includes
a Prevention Education Expo, providing information to parents and
teens about healthy lifestyles and for making safe choices about
underage drinking and impaired driving. Exhibitors representing
15 health and human service organizations, police departments and
youth serving groups will be set up inside the gymnasium and in
the high school parking lot.
Another event component, the World Championship Battle
of the Belts, is an interscholastic seatbelt buckling contest which
premiered last year and will be held at 2 PM following the 5K. Many
schools from around the region are anticipated to participate in
this fun, fast moving event that has been designed by the Sean’s
Run committee to encourage teens to increase their use of seatbelts.
Car crashes are the number one cause of death for 15-20 year olds,
and nearly 2/3 of those who perish are not using seatbelts.
A special tribute to all victims and survivors of
drunk driving that became a Sean’s Run tradition beginning
last year will also be continued. Those whose lives have been impacted
are invited as special guests and will be provided special green
visors to wear during the event.
“This recognition will put faces to the widespread
impact of drunk driving crashes,” said Jeff French. ”We
hope too this event offers some solace to those who have suffered
and serves as a reminder to teenagers about the dangers of underage
On January 1, 2002, 17-year old French was killed
as a passenger in an underage drunk driving car crash. Sean’s
buddy and classmate, Ian Moore, was also a passenger and he sustained
paralyzing injuries. Over one third of the teenage car crash fatalities
involve alcohol consumption.